Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Slow cooker cooking oh yeah!

So I was sitting in the kitchen today with my mom, and complaining about the cold. She told me "you know what? this is good weather for beef stew". Then it hit me like a ton of bagels, Slow cooker! I love how meat from the slow cooker tastes. It's so tender and juicy and melt-in-your-mouth-ish lol. So today I'd like to share a video, recipe and recommendation for slow cooked food! enjoy!

BBQ Pork for Sandwiches
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Submitted By: KMB233
Photo By: cookin'mama
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Ready In: 4 Hours 45 Minutes
Servings: 12

"Mouth-watering pork cooked in a slow cooker with beef broth served with barbecue sauce."
1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
3 pounds boneless pork ribs
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1.Pour can of beef broth into slow cooker, and add boneless pork ribs. Cook on High heat for 4 hours, or until meat shreds easily. Remove meat, and shred with two forks. It will seem that it's not working right away, but it will.
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Transfer the shredded pork to a Dutch oven or iron skillet, and stir in barbeque sauce.
3.Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Printed from 11/3/2010

Recommendation: Slow cooker-Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker check it out by clicking on the pot ;)

Popular Food Recipes: Delicious Caribbean Preparations

A word from me: I love Caribbean food and grew up on food from la isla bonita Puerto Rico! Today I will be sharing a feature article a video and a recipe that I love. enjoy! bon appetito!

Popular Food Recipes: Delicious Caribbean Preparations

Author: kevinnairvij
If you travel through the Caribbean you might likely get to experience some 'Soul food' recipes. Now let me open the secret behind the Caribbean soul foods. The three ancient tribes Taino, Carib along with Arawak that belongs to India, traveled the Caribbean and introduced the diet full of vegetables and fruits. These nutritional foodstuffs became the daily diet of Caribbean natives and they called them 'soul foods'. Delicacies made up of these vegetables and fruits give travelers a true essence of Caribbean recipes.

However, meat dishes and seafood dishes were also eaten by the Taino tribe in the meal containing soul foods. They use to cook meats in large vessels made up of clay. The blend of flavoring agents and herbs with the meats provide a divine dining experience. Jamaica, a distinguished Island of Caribbean, boasts of an exclusive range of Caribbean styles of cooking and ingredients.

Following Tainos, Arawaks was the tribe who largely influenced the Craibbean recipes with their methods of cooking. Their cooking tecniques comprises of low fire wood cooking. When meats were cooked directly on the wood, the murky flavor of the wood infused in the meat and makes the delectable dishes. The taste of that meat truly rules the senses of the diners. The flavor and aroma straightforwardly reaches to the soul. This process of cooking food on wood was called as 'barbacoa' and this is the term that gave birth to 'barbeque'.

One of the most entertaining and fascinating aspect of Caribbean recipes is the range of products and flavorings. Caribbean is a mixture of religions and different customs, hence all of them has their individual styles of cooking that can be adjusted according to individual taste. The most influencing tribe was the Carib who are attributed for introducing the flavoring agents and peppers to the Caribbean soil. The 'soul food' contributed by them is still representing the excellent Caribbean recipes. Soul recipes mainly contain Okra, yam, plantain, salted cod, banana, mangoes and sweet potato to name a few.

Most of the Caribbean soul food recipes are derived from Indian food culture, but Chinese and Spaniards are also credited for their contribution to the Caribbean recipes that still rules the Caribbean menu.

For additional details on Great Caribbean recipes please visit Best Caribbean Recipes. You can also take a peek at some great Jamaican recipes by clicking Jamaican Recipe.


IngredientsClick Picture to Enlarge
The Masa: (Batter)

5 green bananas (Chiquita Bananas)
1 lb. taro root (yautía)
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 small envelope sazón with annatto (achiote) coloring
Lots of vegetable cooking oil for deep frying

The Filling:

1/2 lb. chopped meat (your choice)
1 tbsp. sofrito
8 oz. tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1 small envelope sazón
6-8 chopped olives
1 tsp.of capers
1 medium garlic clove (a pilonazo)
2 oz. chopped cooking ham
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. vinegar

6-8 prunes
2 tsp. raisins
The Masa:

Thoroughly wash the yautías then peel.

Peel the green bananas and wash with salted water.

Grate the bananas and yautías then add the salt, vinegar, oil and sazón.

Mix well and set aside.

The Filling:

In a deep pot, fry your ground meat until all red is gone.

Drain most of the grease and add the garlic, ham, oregano, vinegar salt, olives, capers, sazón, sofrito and tomato sauce.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and cover the pot.

Cook covered for 15 minutes.

Uncover and cook another 15 minutes, stirring ocassionally.

On the palm of your hand (or if you are lucky enough to have plantain leaves), spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture and make a shallow well. (You may also use wax paper)

Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons of the filling mixture and cover the filling (meat) with the banana mixture all around. (At this time of the recipe, you can fry the alcapurria or store in the freezer for later use.)

In a deep fryer or deep frying pan, heat lots of vegetable oil to cover the alcapurrias.

Fry until slightly crispy.

Drain the alcapurrias on a paper towel and let them cool off.


Try some corned beef in your filling.

They are yummy when stuffed with shrimp, lobster chicken or turkey.

For that Hot Latin in you, sprinkle some of my "Pique de Caballero" sauce just before you bite into the alcapurria, if you dare.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Grocery Coupon Savings Is it Possible to Find a Coupon For Everything in Your Cart

Grocery Coupon Savings  Is it Possible to Find a Coupon For Everything in Your Cart

Author: OlivaDePalermo

Take, for example, the most frugal shoppers among us. You know, they are the lady or gent in front of you at the grocery store who manages to pay $20 for $400 in groceries. How do you think they are getting so much stuff for so little money?

The carts do not just roll out the door of the supermarket for next to nothing. They are using copious amounts of coupons go get there total bills down to virtually nothing.

Here's how they do it:

1. They shop at double and triple coupons stores.

2. They never, ever buy anything unless it is free with a double coupon.

3. They get many of the same free items when they find a deal.

There are other strategies to make shopping as lucrative, but really those are the nuts and bolts of how to get tons of free food, non-food and grocery items free every week.

What is the other secret to major savings? A good place to start looking for products that will be free is in the weekly sales flier. Why? The price on sale items starts about 30% below the full shelf price, so by the time you take off the double coupons your cost is usually next to nothing.

If you want to save big on groceries, the only thing you really need to know is that you must have a coupon for every item in your cart.

Find out where to get free grocery coupons, and how to use electronic grocery coupons to save even more on your grocery expenses.

Elizabeth Morgan-Ayers is a full time homemaker and personal shopping consultant. She has over 25 years experience in finding a good value with both food and just about any other product. Visit her blog and learn how to reduce your grocery bills without feeling the pinch. Need free coupons? Get printable grocery coupons for free.
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Spotlight: Mmmmm Mrs. Beasley's Baked goods

Mrs Beasley's bakery is a wonderful bakery located in Carson, California. Founded in 1978 a year before I was born ;). Mrs. Beasley's bakery is a supplier of exceptional quality fresh baked gift baskets, boxes and towers to Corporate and Individual gifters who demand the very best products, service and reliability.

In addition to baked goods Mrs. Beasley's, also offers a line of wine, snack, fruit and spa baskets custom designed for us.

I recommend requesting a catalog, or browsing the website and taking a look at what Mrs. Beasley's bakery has to offer.

Check out Mrs. Beasley's Bakery

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Why Prayer is Important

A word from me: ok I know this may seem like it has nothing to do with food, but it does. I'm not pushing religion on anyone, my belief is that no matter what religion you're in, you still have prayer to someone or thing. I just wanted to make it clear that I  wanted to share this article and a recommendation that is both prayer and food related at the end of this article. Thank you for reading and understanding.

Why Prayer is Important

Author: JohneyMaron

If you really think about it, prayer can seem a little odd. What do you do in prayer? You bow, or kneel, or raise your hands, or just sit there and talk, or even think - and you have the knowledge that God hears you and answers your prayer. Prayer is an amazing reality - a reality that can radically transform your life. Why is prayer so important?

Prayer is important because God invented it.
Prayer is not the random invention of a religious fanatic. It is not a fantasy, a crutch for the weak, or a pipe dream. Prayer is a rock-solid reality that God gave to us so we could talk to Him. Every book of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, records prayer. In an amazing act of grace, kindness, and love that God gave us this means for us to speak directly to Him. The fact that God invented prayer and asks us to pray is our confidence that prayer is important.

Prayer is important because the Bible commands it.
God's word is replete with commands to pray. Prayer forms a foundational element of the believer's life. Without prayer, the result will be confusion, anger, lack of peacefulness, and even sin. If anyone questions the importance of prayer, think about the importance that Jesus placed upon prayer. Repeatedly in the gospels, we read of Jesus going to a solitary place to pray, spending all night in prayer, and encouraging his disciples to pray. The final act that Jesus did before his trial and crucifixion was hold an all-night prayer vigil to His father. Jesus thought prayer was important, and the Bible is full of repeated commands for believers to pray, too (1 Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2).

Prayer is important because you need it.
Let's be honest, though. God doesn't need your prayers as much as you need to pray. Prayer has the power to change you, regardless of what you ask for. Prayer cultivates dependency upon God. When you pray, you are asking God for His help. That really takes the focus off yourself, and places it entirely upon God. Prayer gives us a means to worship God, praise God, and thank God. Beyond that, prayer is your only means of talking with God. We have the Bible, which is God's word to us. Mankind has prayer, which is our words to God. Beyond those reasons, think about one of the main purposes for prayer - asking God to meet our daily needs. Prayer is the believer's lifeline.

Prayer is important because humanity requires it.
Prayer is not just a give-me time. We must pray for others, too. How easy it is to let a casual "I'll be praying for you", turn into nothing more than a sanctified way of saying, "it's ok." Others need our prayers. The homeless need our prayers for shelter. The starving need our prayers for food. The sick need our prayers for healing. The struggling need our prayers for peacefulness. Prayer can change the world. That's pretty important.

Johney Maron is a part time author who has an interest in college student ministries. College Souls is an internet evangelism ministry that is dedicated to helping current and future college students find the truth about God by offering them a place to share their concerns and ask questions. If you are searching for a place to share your beliefs about God or find out how others believe, College Souls is a great place to start.

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